Very Familiar

Photo selection from the initial part of the bush walk at Black Gully Reserve, a very short drive from where we live in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. These were taken yesterday in the early evening, not long before sunset. I chose to take photos of things that are very ordinary to me, so ordinary... Continue Reading →

Proper Autumn

What a difference it makes when the sun's out! Yesterday morning we departed our motel and then I spent more time back in the Dunedin Botanic Garden while Nigel did a site visit for his work. I wondered what difference the sun's presence would make to the horse chestnut tree - here's what I saw... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rain

Been looking forward to today's visit to Dunedin Botanic Garden but I didn't get much time before grey sky turned rainy sky. I still took around 170 photos though! Once it got too wet outside I transferred into the conservatory. For this post I've chosen pics that although not my best, hold some kind of... Continue Reading →

Little Red Tree

A short walk up the road toward the edge of town is a small fenced-off park. Inside there's a little maple tree that, if you can catch it in the right light, makes a fiery flame of red-hot foliage like a flare. I was happy with the photos I got yesterday afternoon. Tapanui, West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Awesome Wonder

My title is a nod to the famous hymn How Great Thou Art and finding this little scene at Dunedin Botanic Garden (New Zealand) filled me with awesome wonder and my soul did sing! This wonderful tree cultivar has its share of fame in gardening circles too, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'. This is also my... Continue Reading →

Aging Gracefully

On my local walk 29 March when I took many photos, I caught the colours and textures of this weathered fire hydrant marker-post on the shaded side of a road at the outer edge of town. It's a concrete post painted yellow but nature's been very busy adding lots of extra interest! Nearby I found... Continue Reading →

Cute as a button

These red toadstools at Maple Glen garden in Glenham, Southland, New Zealand were adorable and as you now know I took lots of photos! They're one of the joys of the autumn season. Toadstool photos I've already posted .. one at Autumn Easter and five at Murder and Mayhem. We visited on 04 April 2021.... Continue Reading →

Little Red Tree

This evening I wandered up our street till I got near the edge of town at Hancox Park where there's a little red tree I'm trying to keep an eye on. I've seen it go fiery red in a previous autumn so I'm keeping watch as its foliage changes colour. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Golden Needles

While preparing this photo-post of a local golden pine, I searched online for "golden needles". Turns out there's a tea called 'Golden Needle' and even 'Golden Eyebrow'. Later, on twitter I found another tea named 'Golden Monkey', apparently it's delicious! For anyone interested, these teas are produced by Silk Road Teas. The golden pine tree... Continue Reading →

Autumn Easter

I put this on twitter today to remind northerners that in the southern hemisphere Easter is in autumn! Taken at Maple Glen Garden on Easter Sunday, 04 April. Southland, New Zealand.

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